Monday, June 20, 2016

Water Mill House

Hi Everyone!  I was inspired to build one more house for the upcoming miniature sales show in September.  I cant believe how quick I built this house which took about 7 days. I was inspired by a Mini Motor I found in my piles of crafting stuff that I tore apart from an old Christmas Figure that was animated which lead to think I gotta build this motor into a mini house of some type.  Which lead to the water mill house and some pictures I researched online for inspiration on water mill houses.
 I do apologize for not taking to many pictures of the step by steps I do, but I was in a miniature building zone of not wanting to stop building this house.  I spent about 6 to 7 hours per day working on this house which is made from lots and lots of paper clay, cardboard for the shingles and wood structure.  The door took me at least 3 hours to try and build and teach myself how to make my own durable hinges for the doors. 
Im not the best painter and do almost dread painting since it took me as long to paint the house as it did to build it.  Have a Wonderful Month Everyone!  Stan

Friday, May 27, 2016

Haunted Mansion made out of Cardboard

 Hi everyone, I had so much fun last month making my first house out of cardboard when I created the San Francisco House that I wanted to create another one from cardboard.  I was inspired by this picture I found on the internet of an abandoned house that someone had drawn.  When I started out this house had both sides, but it was to large of a house for what I wanted, so I cut the right side of the house off.  This was one of my hardest designs to try to create since when I started looking at the inspiration picture that there was not one truly even square or realistic edge in the picture.  The porch was also a challenge trying to create it from the picture but I think it turned out darn awesome.  I think I spent about 2 weeks this May creating this Haunted Mansion and it was so much fun and enjoyable using the cardboard.  Yes it kills my hands to do the Thousands of cuts to create the house but so worth it.   I am loving Cardboard and love how I can design so much from it at a Low cost compared to using the fancy Expensive Wood that you have to buy at dollhouse shops.  I spent one day alone creating the interior cardboard boxes and trash and newspapers for the interior, plus I didn't have any fireplaces to put into the home so I created some out of  I also am loving how the aged patina came out with the painting process of the house, which for the life of me I don't know if I can remember how to recreate it again.  Again the use of cardboard made the house so light, but also so hard and sturdy.  I hope you all like my newest creation.  Have a Wonderful Month!  Stan